The AAFP is recruiting 10 family physicians for the Adolescent Immunization Best Practices Summit. If you meet the criteria, KAFP urges you to apply. Applications due by June 22, 2018.  The summit focus will be on immunizations for adolescent’s 11-18 years of age and how family physicians utilize evidence-based interventions and system changes to improve immunization rates among that age cohort. Each participant will present their best practices and lessons learned at the Adolescent Immunization Best Practices Summit. The emphasis of the summit is to have physicians summarize how their practice increased adolescent immunization through the operation of a quality improvement program or project. This will also include implementation of a team-based approach and sustainability plan within the practice.

For more information about eligibility, requirements, recognition and compensation, visit Adolescent Immunization Best Practices Summit. Questions? Contact Pamela Carter-Smith by email or phone (800)274-2237 ext. 3162.


The Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) is the most validated measure of burnout, backed by more than 35 years of research. Take the MBI (FREE for members) to check your risk for burnout and identify Physician Health First resources that support your well-being.


The American Academy of Family Physicians is proud to introduce AAFP TIPS, a Transformation in Practice Series, featuring ready-to-use practice improvement tools and training for family medicine teams. Two topics are now available: Empanelment and Quality Improvement.

Whether you are trying to implement medical home functions, streamline processes, or enhance the patient experience, AAFP TIPS makes practice improvement faster and easier. And right now, AAFP members can try these courses for half price.

The team-based training is designed specifically for family medicine and includes practical, customizable tools plus instructional videos that will help you make improvements right away. Learn more.


While the research value of appending community characteristics to the clinical record is well established in academic literature, it’s equally important to be able to summarize this information in a practical and actionable way that can be integrated into clinical practice.

HealthLandscape’s goal is to advance the science of integrating social determinants of health (SDoH) into clinical practice. The Community Vital Signs application suite is part of that ongoing effort.

The Population Health Profiler is designed to demonstrate the ease of using SDoH for health and well-being. The tool lets users create detailed ZIP code/ZCTA level maps of their service area and key community measures as well as download a detailed report of 30 key measures in the areas of basic demographics, social determinants of health, chronic conditions, and access to care. Access the tool and sign up for a webinar for more detailed training at www.healthlandscape.org/CVSProfiler.


Bullying. Concussions. Opioid abuse. These are just a few topics family physicians discuss with their patients every day. While most family physicians feel comfortable talking about these subjects, patients may be less at ease, especially if they have experienced one of these issues first-hand. To help patients prepare for these conversations, the AAFP has launched a national public service announcement (PSA) campaign. An important aspect of the campaign is to educate patients about pertinent public health issues, and to encourage them to visit familydoctor.org the Academy’s patient-focused website, for more information.

The AAFP will release a new PSA on the first of the month from May through November. May is mental and emotional health (e.g. bullying).

View the PSA here. For more information on emotional health visit:

Familydoctor.org: Mental Health

Familydoctor.org: Mental Health: Keeping Your Emotional Health

Other monthly topics will be:

  • July: back to school (e.g., influenza and personal hygiene),
  • August: immunizations (e.g., shingles vaccine),
  • September: sports and exercise (e.g., concussions),
  • October: family health and safety (e.g., gun safety), and
  • November: addiction and recovery (e.g., opioid abuse and safe medication storage).

KAFP will share and post the PSAs on social media. We encourage you to share these PSA’s on social media, and to  follow familydoctor.org on Facebook and Twitter. Ultimately, it is important that patients, after viewing the PSAs, will gain a sense of empowerment over their own health. Increasing patients’ knowledge of important health issues that affect them is intended to help them feel more prepared and willing to talk about them with YOU – their family physician.


Physician Health First is a web portal dedicated to improving family physician well-being. Find guidance to address your workplace challenges, tools to assess your level of burnout, and inspiration to put your well-being first. Learn more.


You are invited to participate in the free webcast, Shared Decision-Making in Major Depressive Disorder, and discover how to promote a cooperative, team-based approach to major depressive disorder (MDD) care that leads to success. KAFP member, Margaret L. Smith, MD, MPH, MHSA, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Kansas is a faculty member on the webcast.

This webcast answers key questions about MDD care, including:

  • What are the patient and caregiver perspectives on the symptomatic and functional burden of MDD?
  • What is the role of shared decision-making (SDM) in MDD management?
  • How can family physicians practically apply SDM for MDD pharmacologic therapy planning and selection?
  • What are the practical applications of SDM to assess, monitor, and maintain patient adherence with pharmacologic therapy for MDD

This free webcast also allows you to earn 1 AAFP Prescribed credit.


The AAFP’s Well-being Planner-part of the Physician Health First initiative–was created to help family physicians navigate your path to personal well-being and professional satisfaction.

Members can access the Planner from the Physician Health First Portal and use it to:

  • Save helpful articles to a reading list for convenient future reference
  • Access comprehensive resources to address the five major areas of the family physician ecosystem (healthcare system, organization, practice, individual, and physician culture)
  • Set your goals
  • Track and measure your progress

AAFP’s Proficiency Testing Program (AAFP-PT) offers many solutions for office laboratories. Proficiency testing determines the performance of a laboratory for specific tests and can be used to monitor staff competency in laboratory testing. Accurate lab results are essential to patient care. If a practice offers basic tests such as strep, flu, or mono, PT is highly recommended for quality assurance—this is important for correct diagnosis and patient safety.  Learn more.


The 2018 AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students will take place August 2–4, 2018 in Kansas City, MO. Past attendees consistently rate this event as an invaluable opportunity because of the practical sessions, networking, and chance to learn more about family medicine.

The AAFP Foundation offers 250 Family Medicine Leads Scholarships to help students and residents attend National Conference. This financial assistance, valued at $600 per award, helps offset expenses such as registration, travel, lodging, and meals. The application deadline is May 1, 2018.